The most wonderful time of the year

The Christmas TV adverts have arrived, shop windows are filled with festive displays and we have just six weekends left to prepare for the Big Day (where has the time gone!).

Ben and our team here at The Exchequer are busy adding the final festive touches, getting tangled up in fairy lights and tinsel and looking forward to seeing your faces this Christmas.  If you’re looking for ideas to entertain yourselves (or the kids!), look no further for our quick re-cap on things going on in the lead up to Christmas.


Dates for your diary

Wednesday 29th November:

If you’re looking to get into the festive spirit, the Fleet Christmas Festival will do just the trick! Being one of the most popular Christmas events in Hampshire, this event will get the festive season off to a great start with a Christmas market, entertainment for kids and fun fair, as well as the switch on of Fleet’s Christmas lights.

24th November – 24th December:

The festive period is a magical time of year for the little ones, so a trip to Finkley Down Farm is the icing on the (Christmas) cake.  The farm will be offering a variety of festive fun over a month including the chance to visit Father Christmas and his elves, meet real reindeer and help make them some magical food, cuddle a fluffy bunny, collect a Christmas gift and interact with many other animals on the farm.

Friday 15th December – Sunday 15th December:

Arabian adventures with a Bollywood twist come to Guildford Spectrum this December with Aladdin on Ice! Great entertainment for the little ones during the Christmas holidays (and the adults too!).  Performed by a cast of talented young skaters from Spectrum’s acclaimed skating programme, who will re-create all the magic of the orient with flying jumps, dizzying spins and energetic dance routines. Together with colourful costumes and creative choreography, this will be a visual extravaganza for all ages.

Monday 18th December 2017:

The Christmas season isn’t quite complete without wrapping up in your thick coats and singing some festive tunes outside, whilst clasping a lovely warm cup of mulled wine. Our Christmas Carols at The Exchequer is the key ingredient to sprinkle some holiday spirit into the season. With Fleet’s Shuffletunes Choir leading the singing, come along from 6.30pm-7.30pm and sing your heart out!


Escape the Hustle and Bustle

Book a night or a weekend away at one of our two pubs, which offer beautiful and modern hotel accommodation.  The Stag on the River, Eashing and The Red Lion, Odiham both offer Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast packages, with rates starting from just £80 per room, per night. Make time for each other and book online or buy gift vouchers, which can be used at any of our pubs on food, drink or accommodation… The perfect treat for someone this Christmas.

Did you know…

The Exchequer’s opening hours will be slightly different over the Christmas period? Don’t get caught out, take a quick swizz at our opening times here. We do expect to be busier than usual, so if you do fancy popping in for a wintry G&T and some delicious fresh, local and seasonal grub we do recommend you book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wintry walks and roaring fires

If you’re meeting up with family and friends for a catch up lunch over the festive season, don’t forget to put your wellie boots and a warm coat in the car before you leave home and squeeze in a good winter’s walk before (or after) you dine with us… you can definitely allow room for pud then! Basingstoke Canal runs right by us and offers a walk for everyone, from rolling fields to picturesque cottages … a truly great way to banish the cobwebs and increase the blood flow around the body.

Once you’ve worn yourself out, come and settle down by the fire with a delicious William Chase pink grapefruit gin with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic or perhaps a frothy hot chocolate followed by a leisurely meal, showcasing fresh, local and seasonal food at its very best.


First festive turkey dinner of the year

Not only do we have Daily Specials, which are our chefs’ opportunities to showcase their culinary flair with the freshest produce available that day, but you will see our seasonal menus change over the coming days as we turn to winter fare.

If you’re excited to enjoy your first turkey dinner of the year here with us, you won’t be disappointed.  We source all our turkeys from a family-farming business in Essex that has been trading for over 30 years and are all UK Red Tractor and Free Range certified.  The birds are reared in spacious open barns on the family farm, with low stocking densities, plenty of sunlight and are fed on a naturally balanced cereal-based diet, rich in oats, grown on the farms. Enjoy our festive menu (pre-bookings only) from just £23.95 for two courses.

Did you know you can make a reservation up to 45 minutes prior to seating if you’re dining from our a la carte menu? What are you waiting for, we’ve got Christmas and New Year covered!